Staff

Lynn C. French, Executive Director
202-387-7091, ext. 207 | lfrench@hopeandahome.org

Lynn French has worked in community development and housing policy in Washington, DC, since 1980, focusing on community development. Prior to joining Hope and a Home in 2010, she worked at the Council of the District of Columbia, drafting legislation and supporting the work of two Council Members in a variety of bills affecting rent control, the Comprehensive Plan, and drafted the Homestead Housing Preservation Act of 1987. Lynn was appointed Homestead Program Administrator at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development from 1987 to 2001. Under her leadership more than $50M of private capital was leveraged to facilitate the renovation of over 2,000 substandard and dilapidated housing units that were sold to first time homebuyers. From 2001 through 2006, Lynn served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Homeless and Special Needs Housing in the Executive Office of the Mayor. During her tenure, Lynn coordinated implementation of sweeping improvements in shelter conditions and facilitated the development of supportive housing and housing first programs.

Grace Dickerson, Education Coordinator
202-387-7091, ext. 15 | gdickerson@hopeandahome.org

Grace Dickerson has been a forceful advocate for children’s educational needs since 1976. As a trained teacher with an MSE in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities, Grace works with parents and schools to ensure that the children receive the educational resources to which they are entitled. She helps children gain admission to private, charter and high-performing public schools – and offers them incentives for academic achievement, as well as mentors and tutors for academic and emotional support. Grace also works with adults, counseling them on the paths toward their career goals. She assesses children’s education levels and has the ability to make education issues and student assessment results easy for parents to understand. Grace’s clients, both youth and adults, move successfully into post secondary education.

Amber Amina Hayes, Educational Advocate
202-387-7091 ext. 18 | ahayes@hopeandahome.org

Amber is a highly motivated and devoted educator and advocate. She is the current Educational Advocate at Hope and a Home. She has two years teaching experience in Doha Qatar at English Modern School an international school representing over 57 different countries; providing her with a rich multicultural learning background. She taught special education for three years in East New York, Brooklyn at J.H.S. 166 – George Gershwin for the NYC Department of Education. She is proficient in providing variety of techniques to reinforce learning and to meet students’ varying needs and interests. She is skilled in managing at-risk behavior by employing techniques that reinforce positive behavior while fostering a positive environments for children of all ages. She is a team player and self-starter with proven ability to move students academically as well as to collaborate and confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals. She is committed to eliminating any discriminatory practices towards all people based on race, origin, gender, socio-economic status, disability, religion, or political beliefs.

Mary Jo Schumacher, Family Support Coordinator
202-387-7091, ext. 14 | mschumacher@hopeandahome.org

Mary Jo Schumacher has seen Hope and a Home grow from the ground up. Her first involvement came as a work party volunteer. She was inspired by the mission of Hope and a Home and joined the staff in 1980. She brings years of experience connecting with families on a personal level while also holding them accountable for the goals they set for themselves. She provides guidance to our parents through weekly in-home visits, credit counseling, quarterly goal-setting meetings and annual progress evaluations. Her greatest joy is to see the families thrive and flourish as they move successfully into permanent housing.

Ramona Santana, Bilingual Family Support Worker
202-387-7091, ext. 13 | rsantana@hopeandahome.org

Ramona Santana joined Hope and a Home June of 2017. Despite only being here for a short time she is making a lasting impression working with families and supporting them in their personal goals. She brings a youthful touch of energy when connecting with the families and is proud to be working and committed to serving families in the very same area she also grew up in.

Rosa Mooten, Property Manager, Volunteer Service Coordinator and Office Manager
202-387-7091, ext. 500 | rmooten@hopeandahome.org

Rosa Mooten is the glue that holds together our operations. She manages Hope and a Home’s office and its property, greets visitors, responds to calls from families who are in need of affordable housing, coordinates volunteer work parties, assists with the selection of families for our Transitional Housing Program, handles correspondence and provides IT and clerical support for other staff.

Darnell McWilliams, Maintenance Specialist
202-387-7091

Darnell McWilliams joined Hope and a Home after 25 years as a general contractor and keeps our units in great condition. He oversees the physical operations of Hope and a Home properties and is responsible for the general maintenance of our apartments, as well as for preparing homes for occupancy by new families and responding to emergency maintenance calls.